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We have grown quickly in recent years, enhancing our reputation and increasing turnover, which now stands at almost £100m. Now an established Top 30 national law firm, we have eight offices, the latest of which opened in Manchester, in January 2009. Our growth has been driven by a commercially driven strategy of seizing opportunities in a changing market, while at the same time staying close to our clients and providing them with the best possible legal advice. At the same time, we have developed an excellent work/life balance alongside an enterprising culture, one that has acted as a magnet for some of the brightest and best legal talent. It is this that has enabled us to expand organically. Culture and brand help us stand out, and our strong values programme is reinforced at every job interview, promotion opportunity, and performance and development review. We believe that a service-oriented, client-centred law firm stands the best chance of thriving as the much anticipated Legal Services Act approaches, and the significant changes it will bring. And in February 2010 we announced Access Legal from Shoosmiths, a new brand bringing together more than 100 consumer services in seven areas: conveyancing; employment law advice; legal disputes; medical negligence solicitors; motoring law; personal injury solicitors; and Wills, family and wealth. Its aim is to make legal services easily accessible to consumers, while at the same time complementing Shoosmiths' corporate client offering.

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A stark reminder to employers to follow company values when consulting with employees

The recent judgment in IBM UK Holdings Ltd v Dalgleish provides a salutary reminder to employers to stick to their core values, or face potential claims that they have breached the implied duty of trust and confidence. Shoosmiths looks at the case in question and offers practical tips for employers.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 23 April 2014 | Practice Area: Collective Consultation

Henning Berg and the penalty claim - contractual 'liquidated damages' clauses in focus

Two cases in recent years have provided guidance for parties who wish to rely on or challenge contractual 'liquidated damages' clauses, including the dispute between Henning Berg and Blackburn Rovers Football Club, which arose after the club terminated the ex-Man Utd star's managerial contract.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 22 April 2014 | Practice Area: Contract of Employment and Statutory rights

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Breaking bad - Court of Appeal decision makes life harder for tenants

In Siemens Hearing Instruments v Friends Life, the Court of Appeal has overturned an earlier decision and ruled that the formal requirements of a break clause must be followed precisely in order to determine a lease. Shoosmiths looks at the facts of the case and the implications for tenants.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 16 April 2014 | Practice Area: Landlord and Tenant

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Public procurement - public contracts and how to make negotiations work

The public procurement rules are changing. In this, the first of a series of briefings, Shoosmiths looks at the changes to the circumstances in which bids can be negotiated and suggest some helpful tips for making bid negotiations work.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 08 April 2014 | Practice Area: Public Procurement

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Can employers be liable for discrimination on grounds of caste or immigration status?

Recent cases have attempted to broaden the protection given to employees under the Equality Act by seeking to widen the definition of 'race' to include caste discrimination and discrimination on the grounds of immigration status - with mixed success. Shoosmiths reports.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 07 April 2014 | Practice Area: Equal Treatment

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A warning to employers who regularly enhance redundancy payments

In the recent case of Peacock Stores v Peregrine, the Employment Appeal Tribunal has confirmed that where an employer consistently makes enhanced redundancy payments, such action could give rise to an implied contractual entitlement. Nabarro reports on the case and offers some tips for employers.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 03 April 2014 | Practice Area: Termination of Contract

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The 16-year laptop credit dispute - Supreme Court confirms 1998 agreement was validly rescinded

After a 16-year legal battle which centred around a credit agreement for the purchase of a laptop, the Supreme Court has ruled that the customer, Richard Durkin, did in fact validly rescind the agreement. In this briefing, Shoosmiths looks at the implications for the decision.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 02 April 2014 | Practice Area: Consumer Credit

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International arbitration - why a choice of law should never be arbitrary

The legal framework governing international arbitration is complex, and different laws may apply to its various elements. In this briefing, Shoosmiths takes a look at the different laws governing the various aspects of international arbitration, including a recent relevant Commercial Court case.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 01 April 2014 | Practice Area: Arbitration

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Pay now or pay later - naming, shaming and fining minimum wage culprits

There have been a number of important developments recently with regard to the National Minimum Wage. As a result, employers would be well advised to review their pay rates. In this briefing, Shoosmiths spells out the threats of increased penalties and 'naming and shaming' for low-paying companies.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 24 March 2014 | Practice Area: Regulation and Enforcement

Budget summary 2014: tax highlights

Following Chancellor George Osborne's delivery of the latest Budget yesterday (19 March), Shoosmiths summarises the main tax points of interest, covering business, personal, employment and property taxation, HMRC and tax administration, avoidance and evasion.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 20 March 2014 | Practice Area: Enforcement and Regulation

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